Vision for English
In Writing, the English curriculum has been designed with quality texts at the very heart of it. In each year group, children participate in Reading and Writing focus weeks, where they are encouraged to immerse themselves fully into a text. After this, the children create a written outcome based on the structural, language and grammatical features taught and explored using the text as the starting point.
In Reading, the English curriculum allows children to follow a whole-class, mastery approach. This enables practitioners to better plan activities which allow all children to access a variety of reading skills. Texts and how to answer questions are explicitly modeled and explored to a much deeper level, with children then answering a range of comprehension questions. These comprehension questions encompass each of the specific content domains for reading (as outlined by the National Curriculum). They also allow our children to apply what they have learnt in a way that will mirror the type of questions commonly found during the end of key stage assessments in KS1 and KS2.
The rationale of the English curriculum is designed to develop our children’s abilities to become confident speakers, empathetic listeners, avid readers and creative writers. A key focus within this, is the teaching of and exposure to formal, subject specific and academic vocabulary as we believe that language learning should be at the very core of our primary curriculum. Our hope, is that by providing a well-balanced, and enriching English curriculum, built upon the use of engaging and quality texts, that we will nurture children who are prepared to succeed within the 21st century.